Pichowski inspires England Deaf
The England Deaf team lifted the Tri-Series Twenty20 trophy after thrashing Australia by nine wickets in Geelong.
After Stefan Pichowski took five wickets to restrict the home side to 90 for nine, England lost just one wicket as they cruised to their victory target with 26 balls remaining.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first but it was the tourists who were celebrating first when Daryl Sykes tempted the dangerous Luke Trudgett to hole out to midwicket.
England continued to exert pressure on the Australia batsmen and their discipline with the ball paid off once Pichowski was introduced into the attack.
The slow left-armer had immediate success when he held on to a return catch from Michael Parremore with the total on 24. He struck again in his next over when he castled Grant Thompson.
James Schofield then bowled Paul Welch all ends up to leave Australian reeling at 35 for four with half their overs gone.
That Australia had to wait until the 12th over for their first boundary, which was hit by Justin Bergin, showed just how well England had bowled and fielded.
Skipper Kym Daley was the next to go, caught in the deep off Paul Allen’s bowling, and at 54 for five with just seven overs to go, the likelihood of the hosts posting a match-winning score was disappearing.
Pichowski, called back into the attack, struck instantly when he had Brad Trudgett caught at long-off, followed shortly by the stubborn Bergin in exactly the same manner for 27.
Pichowski claimed his fifth wicket when he had Ross Churchyard caught behind by Andrew Wood giving him final figures of 5-14.
With a run out in the final over, Australia finished with a score of 90 for nine.
In reply, England started cautiously but in the third over Umesh Valjee hit two blistering fours from consecutive balls to ensure that they were ahead of the required rate.
From that moment on England were always in charge and with the talismanic Valjee, who has had a fantastic tour, at the crease the game was always within England’s grasp.
He and opener Schofield put on 44 for the first wicket before the latter offered up a simple catch in the ninth over.
Valjee was again at his imperious best, stroking the ball around the ground with a good mix of singles into gaps and stylish shots that reached the boundary.
Having been joined at the crease by Matt Everett, who happily took a back seat, the momentum continued as the pair nurdled the ball around.
Valjee reached an inevitable 50 from just 51 balls, which included five fours and a six, and along with Everett the two passed the Australian score with more than four overs spare. Valjee finished unbeaten on 64 and Everett 12 not out.
England, unbeaten this tour, now prepare for the 50-over final versus Australia which takes place tomorrow.